Coronavirus: How we confronted redundancy in lockdown

Tom and Danielle
Image caption Tom and Danielle have each been made redundant in the course of the pandemic

Young individuals are bearing the brunt of rising unemployment, with 16-24 12 months olds dropping extra jobs than another age group. Radio 1 Newsbeat has been talking to a few of them about the way it feels whenever you’re made redundant in a pandemic.

Danielle Kelly Keener misplaced her job as a flight attendant. Twice.

“I was with British Airways until March, when I was made redundant,” she says.

“And then I was supposed to be starting with EasyJet mid-pandemic and lockdown, and they made me redundant before I could even start with them.

“I really feel like I would must take a little bit break for some time and anticipate the business to select up once more earlier than I can take into consideration making use of for an additional airline.”

Image copyright Danielle Kelly Keener

Danielle says it’s been a really tough time for her colleagues in the airline industry, but that they’ve been in constant contact, offering each other emotional support.

“It’s a disgrace as a result of I did need to make this my profession – it suited my way of life and my character.

“It’s quite degrading, knowing I have to find a job for money, which I feel might bring me down a little bit but I’m going to try and keep positive,” she says.

She says the uncertainty of not understanding if she was going to lose her job has elevated her nervousness – and there is been loads of “ups and downs between a positive mind set and a stressed one”.

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Image caption Tom’s attempting to see his redundancy as a optimistic factor

Tom Amber misplaced his advertising function in the course of the pandemic, which was his first job since graduating final 12 months.

“I was frustrated initially because I was made redundant before the furlough scheme expired and my company had grown last year’s revenue,” he says.

“It feels like lots of corporations are not being very human or factoring in the Covid situation.”

But Tom’s going to take the setback and switch it right into a optimistic.

Rather than search for a brand new job, he’ll take the redundancy money and use it to go travelling round South East Asia.

“I never thought I’d have the funds to travel properly so this has changed my outlook.

“Two weeks earlier than my redundancy information I used to be within the means of getting a mortgage, now I’m prepared to not have one for a number of years,” he says.

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Image caption Lucy was made redundant last year

Redundancy happened to Lucy Hart for a second time last year – but it’s taught her some practical advice she thinks could come in handy for those feeling anxious at the prospect of finding a new job.

She’s spent a lot of time working at start-ups, which often fold if they fail to make a profit.

“It all got here as a little bit of shock – I’d by no means actually ready for what would occur if I out of the blue did not have my job,” she says.

“I assumed I had two months to discover a job and really had one, which is sort of a giant distinction for for that type of factor.

Lucy says she’s learnt loads about tips on how to put together should you suppose you would possibly lose your job.

“It’s worth doing some prep like updating your CV in advance,” she says.

“One thing I find useful is writing down your achievements at the job you’re at now – having a bullet point list ready.

“Also begin conversations with individuals who work at firms you are occupied with, not essentially formally making use of however following individuals on LinkedIn and reaching out.”

She says you shouldn’t be nervous about talking to your employer because they might have an idea of what other jobs you could be suited to in your industry, or where you might be able to find work.

And one last piece of advice?

“Save sufficient cash for like two months of lease – that was fairly a shock to me!”

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